Real People Media (RPM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping people share personal stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. Storytelling helps to build community as they allow people "step into another's shoes" creating understanding and compassion for others in our community and beyond. The organization owns and operates the Keweenaw Storytelling Center in Calumet, Michigan which is located in a historic 1948 Woolworth's building. The building was gifted to the organization by the Family Dollar Corporation in 2019.
Since 2010, RPM has helped individuals and organizations share stories which educated, entertain, and inspire.
RPM hosts storytelling events and classes, provides visual artists with exhibit space, and performance opportunities for storytellers. We provide storytelling activities for all ages, from puppet shows for children, animation and media classes for teens and theatrical events for adults. Come share your story!
Based out of the Chassell Heritage Center, Friends of Fashion acquires and maintains a collection of vintage garments from the mid 1800's through the present day. Each fashion show shares a description of the garments and the stories and history of those who wore them. We welcome you to come with us for an outing to one of the Copper Country's early resorts where the women wore furs, bathing suits (albeit very modest) and gowns. Live musical accompaniment is included in this informative and fun event appropriate for all ages. This event is made possible with funding by the Michigan Humanities and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council. (photo above is from the Friends of Fashion “Roaring 20's” show.
BONUS for Fashion Show Attendees only
"Calumet Through Annie's Eyes" A historic walking tour of Calumet
Learn about 1913 Calumet through activist and union organizer Anna (Big Annie) Klobuchar Clemenc featured in the novel "Women of the Copper Country" by Mary Doria Russell. Guided by Big Annie, you'll learn about the miner's strike of 1913 and visit notable places related to the strike. This tour is made possible with support from the Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. This tour if free with your ticket to the fashion show.
Michigan: An American Portrait
Followed by Q&A with Producer David Crouse
Wednesday, October 4th at 7pm
With a career spanning six decades in radio, television, film, and podcasting David Crouse is a multiple award-winning producer based in Petoskey, MI.
Crouse Entertainment Group focuses on biography, religion, the environment, and general interest. His productions, seen by millions of viewers, air in North America on PBS, Discovery Network, A&E and distributed worldwide.
David Crouse has the distinction of being the first producer ever granted television interviews with five U. S. Presidents for a single documentary: Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush who sat with David for his final television interview as President in The White House. The documentary, Positive Thinking: The Norman Vincent Peale Story, aired nationwide on PBS.
David’s latest television production MICHIGAN: An American Portrait is currently airing on PBS in over 200 television markets nationwide. The production is the most extensive television production ever completed on the history, culture, and natural wonders of this very diverse state. The overall project includes a one-hour television documentary, educational outreach for state-wide schools, a traveling art exhibition, community outreach through premieres and screenings, a sustained PR campaign, and social media.
Jeff tells wild, funny and scary tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Whether it’s the story of “The Blue Ape,” the tale of “Pull My Finger Bob,” or his hilarious adult story "Office not Orifice," Jeff captivates listeners of all ages. He developed his art by first telling stories around the family campfire, and has since appeared at schools, theaters, festivals and libraries.
You're invited to come dressed in costume and take part in the Halloween Merriment.
The Red Jacket Jamboree
with guest singer-songwriter Nellie McKay
October 14 at 7pm
Festival of Trees - November 26 - December 31st
A fundraiser for Copper Country Nonprofits providing community merriment!
Some of our past events in 2023
Voice Box Sessions with Jerry Younce and Friends
Saturday, August 26 at 7pm
Cycling Salamander - Charlevoix, MI
The Charlie Millard Band - Thursday Sept 7 @ 7:30
Hailing from Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the Charlie Millard Band has developed a unique sound, voice and thought-provoking lyrics/poetry of their own, adding a fresh perspective to the Americana genre. Performing at festivals and venues across the Midwest and Canada, including Earthwork Harvest Gathering, BlissFest, FarmBlock Fest, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Shorts Brewing Co. the Charlie Millard Band has played sold out shows with artists like The Accidentals, Luke Winslow-King, Cedric Burnside, The Way Down Wanderers and The Go-Rounds, among others.
An Evening with Comedian Andy Beningo
September 9th at 7:30 pm
Keweenaw Storytelling Center
With over 3,000 career performances worldwide, Andy Beningo has established himself as one of the most in demand comedians working today. Hailed for his clean and "every man" style, Andy has performed for Fortune 500 companies, on cruise lines, and in some of the top comedy clubs in the country. Along the way, he has been named one of the 40 Best Up and Coming Comedians in the country, as well as "Best Comedian" by both the Detroit Metro Times and Detroit Hour magazine!
Younce Guitar Duo
Michigan's Acclaimed Father and Son Guitar Virtuosos
Saturday, September 16 at 7:30pm
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